Amalie Brewer (left) and fellow Texas Pole Vault Club member Kelsey Haertling are the only two pole vaulters in Texas who qualified for both AAU and USATF Junior Olympic national events this summer.

 

GRJHS eighth grader Amalie Brewer has maintained her busy schedule ever since her Lady Tiger track and field season ended, and it’s paying big dividends.

On June 30 while competing in the AAU Area 21 Junior Olympic National Qualifier, Brewer won the silver medal with a vault of 8’6” in the 13-14 girls’ division. Just six inches from a gold medal, Brewer’s performance qualified her for the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit on July 30.

On July 5 in Humble, Brewer competed in the USATF Region 12 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship. She finished third with a vault of 8’6”, as the gold medal winner cleared 9’6”. This result qualified the 13-year-old for the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Championship in Greensboro, NC on July 23.

“When Amalie started vaulting back in February, I was just hoping for a successful seventh grade track season,” said her mother Lindsey Brewer. “She won district and we were thrilled. I never could’ve imagined that she would take this all the way to two Junior Olympic national events her first year. We are so proud.”

Amalie has been competing this summer while dealing with a partially torn quad muscle, and fortunately she has already endured the worst of the injury.

"I'd say she's at 90 percent right now, but mentally she's battling," Lindsey said. "She is hesitating on her swing, but is working hard to fix it before nationals so she can (set a personal record)."

Kelsey Haertling is a 14-year-old who attends Liberty Christian and is a member of the Texas Pole Vault Club along with Brewer. Haertling won first at both the AAU and USATF regional events. Brewer and Haertling are the only two pole vaulters in Texas in any age category who managed to qualify for both national events.

“Amalie has been the youngest vaulter at every competition she’s done,” her mom said. “We are real excited about how she has performed as the baby of the group.”

For her part, Amalie is very happy about the way her summer of 2013 has gone.

“I’m excited to represent Glen Rose at these national events,” the Lady Tiger said. “I plan on working really hard at practice these next two weeks. I’m ready to vault higher and nationals is a good place to PR.”